Hydration

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Our brain consists of approximately 80% water.

 

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Dry Brain

We tend to think of dehydration in terms of how it affects our bodies, particularly our mouths and throats. We feel parched, so we drink something. When we do, we feel replenished and our energy has been temporarily restored. But dehydration has a significant impact on our brains, as well, and ongoing dehydration seriously compromises cognitive functioning with lasting impact. In fact, “dry brain” (or failure to hydrate properly for optimum brain function) can actually cause our brain cells to contract and shrink.

 

When we neglect to replace the fluids we lose throughout the day—whether it’s through exercise, excessive heat, alcohol, or even a night of sleep—our bodies begin to steal water from our brain cells to use in essential processes elsewhere.  

 

But dehydration doesn’t just affect the size of our brain cells. It affects how they work. Subtle shifts in mineral levels, such as potassium and sodium found in our body’s fluids, can have a big impact on our ability to concentrate and our capacity to recall events in the past. It can lead to headaches, low mood, and lack of motivation. It can distort our vision and hand-eye coordination. In short, it turns our brains into something dry and listless, a bit like parchment paper.

 

Your Thirsty Brain . . . What Dehydration Does to It

 

• It causes you to use a lot more energy to accomplish the same tasks.

• It can lead to a drops in energy (studies have shown that this is particularly true in women).

• It changes the structure of brain cells, leading to deterioration.

• It impacts various cognitive performance abilities.

 

Signs of Dehydration

 

  • Dark-colored urine (darker than the color of lemonade). But remember, urine color can be affected by medications and even by certain foods.  
  • Little or no urine released
  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Lethargy or low energy
  • Inability to produce tears
  • Trouble concentrating and confusion
  • Cases of anxiety

 

Hydration Tips

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate! Dehydration can begin long before you’re aware of it (your thirst sensation doesn’t really kick in until you’re already 2% dehydrated). And, if very dehydrated, you’ll lose your sensitivity to water deprivation, making it even more likely you’ll fail to take action soon enough.
  • Start every day with a glass of water. This helps to flush toxins from the bowels, alkalizes the body, and rehydrates (we get dehydrated when we sleep).
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce servings of water daily, but pay attention to your own body. Factors like working out, a hot day, medications, etc. can impact hydration levels.
  • Drink smaller portions throughout the day, rather than large amounts all at once. Too much water at one time can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
  • Drink pure, natural bottled spring water. Beverages that have other substances in them besides water, such as tea or coffee, are often dehydrating.
  • Substances like alcohol and too much salt also dehydrate the brain. In fact, when you drink a beer, you lose more water than is contained in the drink itself.
  • Don’t go overboard. Too much water can disrupt electrolyte levels.
  • Foods that are high in water content (like watermelon, grapes, and various lettuces) are also hydrating. And a beverage that restores electrolyte levels is especially good after a hard workout.
  •  Don’t drink from the tap unless you have a good water filtration system in your home. 

 

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